Offer a nibble tray. Toddlers like to graze their way through a variety of foods, so why not offer them a customized smorgasbord!
If your toddler is still breastfeeding then try to continue this as long as you both wish, as there are so many health benefits for both of you.
If your toddler is formula fed, he can now change to cow’s milk and this can be from a cup. He will only need 16 to 24 ounces of milk a day as he is eating foods from all of the other food groups.
A couple of tablespoons are usually plenty to serve, especially for new foods.
Small plates and small portions are just right for small eyes and stomachs, less overwhelming. Let your child decide what to eat. Don’t force them to eat something if they don’t want it.
It’s OK to have them try a bite but let them decide how much they will eat after the first bite.
Create a toddler-friendly eating area for your child.
Toddlers like their own spaces and may eat more of your lovingly prepared meals at a table sized just for them. Also, be sure to accommodate with plates, cups, forks, and spoons that are just for your kid.
Evidence suggests there’s actually no reason to wait to give your child allergy-causing foods (unless you know they are allergic) .
Until very recently it was common practice to delay giving dairy foods until 12 months, eggs until age two, and seafood and nuts till age three, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its thinking in 2008, suggesting that these foods can be introduced to young children at the same time as other foods.
Toddlers like to binge on one food at a time. They may eat only fruits one day, and vegetables the next.
Since erratic eating habits are as normal as toddler mood swings, expect your child to eat well one day and eat practically nothing the next.
Toddlers from one to three years need between 1,000 and 1,300 calories a day, yet they may not eat this amount every day. Aim for a nutritionally-balanced week, not a balanced day.
As well as 3 meals a day, snacks are important to keep young kids’ energy levels high throughout the day.
Get into the habit of giving them a healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. Try toast, rice cakes, homemade plain popcorn or chopped carrots and cucumber with plain yogurt.
Respect your toddler’s likes and dislikes. Gently encourage your toddler to try at least one bite of a new food. If the food is rejected today, offer it again next week.
Research shows, that you may have to offer a new food 10-20 times before your child likes it.
Fruits and vegetables always make a wonderful snack for toddlers.
It is important to introduce your toddlers to a large variety of fruits and vegetables while they are young so they develop a taste for them. Slice bananas, strawberries, and soft pears into small pieces.
Smaller fruits like blueberries or raspberries can be served whole.
It is possible that something the baby eats could be contributing to sleep problems.
Some babies that are on formula have sensitivities to certain types of formula. For babies that have started solids, food allergies or sensitivities can impact sleep.
Also, certain types of foods consumed too close to bedtime can prevent good sleep.
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